Cabinet Holds Regular Weekly Session

Doha, – HE Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani chaired on Wednesday the cabinet’s regular weekly session at its Emiri Diwan premises.

After the meeting, HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, said the cabinet reviewed topics on the agenda and took a set of decisions and measures.

The cabinet took the necessary measures to issue a draft law on civilian honors, after reviewing the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the draft law. According to provisions of the bill, civilian honors are awarded via an Emiri decision and come in the order of Sword of the Founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani, Sash of HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and Order of Al Wajba. An Emiri decision shall create other honors and specify their order.

Whoever is awarded a civilian honor receives a patent signed by the Emir and the granting decision is published in the official gazette. The Emiri Protocol Department at the Emiri Diwan is responsible for all the executive powers related to the preparation of orders, their patents, keeping them and following up on them.

The cabinet also took the necessary procedures to issue a draft law on protecting the privacy of personal data, after reviewing the Advisory Council’s recommendation on the draft law.

The bill included provisions related to the rights of individuals to protect the privacy of their personal data, the commitments of the monitor and processor, personal data of special nature, the prohibition of communicating any electronic contact for the purpose of direct marketing to an individual unless the latter gave their prior approval.

The cabinet approved a draft law on the State Audit Bureau and referred it to the Advisory Council. The bill stipulates that the State Audit Bureau is an independent regulatory authority that has a legal personality, directly follows the Emir, has a budget annexed to that of the Emiri Diwan, and aims to oversee funds of the state as well as other entities under its jurisdiction.

The bill included provisions related to entities under the oversight jurisdiction of the State Audit Bureau, the types of oversight the bureau handles and means of exercising them, review reports, investigation into financial irregularities, and the formation of the bureau and its staff system.

In addition, the cabinet endorsed a draft law amending some provisions of Decree Law No. 15 of 2007 on the regulation of the marketing and sale outside Qatar of products under government regulation, and referred it to the Advisory Council.

According to provisions of the draft law, the text of the first paragraph in Article 1 of the aforementioned Decree Law No. 15 of 2007 is amended, with the new text stipulating that a Qatari shareholding company, wholly owned by the State of Qatar, shall be established and is to be represented by Qatar Petroleum, to market and sell petroleum products that fall under government regulation and are set out in this law. The company shall remain wholly owned by the State of Qatar.

The text of Article 2 of the aforementioned Decree Law No. 15 of 2007 shall be amended to include the addition that the company shall delegate Qatar Petroleum as a representative to market and sell government-regulated products on its behalf.

In addition, the cabinet endorsed a draft law amending some provisions of Law No. 9 of 1979 on documentation and referred it to the Advisory Council. According to the amendment, some persons who are not employees of the department shall be delegated via a decision by the minister of justice to carry out all or some of the tasks of the documenter. The decision specifies the scope of the documenter’s place and type of power as well as the documenter’s bonus and accountability system. Provisions related to the documenter that are stipulated in the law apply to them.

The session also approved two draft laws on the regulation of car and limousine rent and its executive statute. The bill included provisions related to conditions of licensing, conditions of the facility, and waiving and abolishing the license. The facility is to write contracts with the tenants according to the model prepared for this purpose by the ministry.

The draft executive statute included provisions indicating the activity and the license; conditions of the facility; the license’s type, duration, expiry, suspension, cancelation and waiving; and commitments of the licensee.

The seventh item on today’s agenda was regarding a draft decision to establish a committee for settling disputes, in line with the provisions of law no.24 for 2015 regulating tenders and leases. The committee should be chaired by the judge who is at the rank of the head of the Court of First Instance. The judge should be chosen by the Supreme Judiciary Council. The committee should also have two other experienced member specialized in giving quick decisions attached with the reasons on all administrative dispute that preceded signing a contract.

The cabinet also discussed a proposal made by the Ministry of Finance on the same law. The proposal focused on a number of entities that are financed from the state’s fiscal budget.

The eighth item saw the cabinet approve establishing a committee that coordinates between all parties working in Hamad International Airport. The committee should be chaired by the head of the Civil Aviation Authority and two other members from the parties involved. The committee is charged with coordinating work in the airport to facilitate aerial transport activities.

Ninth was approving to increase Qatar’s contribution to the capital of the Islamic Development Bank.

The tenth item saw the cabinet discuss a recommendation by the Advisory Council on doing business and commerce in the State of Qatar through online stores. The cabinet agreed to refer the recommendation to the specialized authorities to examine it further.

Eleventh was the approval to transfer of the concession of some of the lands in the waste treatment area from Qatar Petroleum to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

The twelfth item saw the cabinet ratify four agreements: 1) A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the sports and culture fields between the State of Qatar and the General Authority of Youth & Sports Welfare in the UAE.

2) MoU for cooperation in the tourism field between Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. 3) MoU for cooperation in organizing exhibitions between QTA and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. 4) A cooperation agreement between the Government of the State of Qatar and that of South Africa in the culture and arts fields.

For the thirteenth item on the agenda, the cabinet reviewed the following: 1) A letter from HE the Prime Minister on the second report of the results of the work of the committee that discusses draft agreements and laws, which was approved by leaders of the GCC. 2) A memo from HE Minister of Education and Higher Education on a report of the works of the national committee for qualifications. The cabinet also discussed extending the committee’s work for another four months.

Source: Qatar News Agency